Energy Efficiency

Education for Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency is one of the most cost-effective and tangible options available to organisations that are looking to improve their sustainability performance.

Although cost-effective technology is available and many energy efficiency improvements can be made through low-cost behavioural change initiatives, the full benefits of energy efficiency are typically not realised in organisations.

Education has an important role to play in improving the uptake of energy efficiency in organisations. Energy efficiency-related skills and knowledge are required by engineering and other operational staff to identify and evaluate projects. Accountants have a role to play in helping to develop robust business case proposals for energy efficiency projects. And managers at all levels need to understand the business drivers, risks and opportunities that can be addressed by improving their organisation’s energy efficiency performance. Across all of these different skills sets and professions, people need the skills and knowledge to understand their organisations and to identify the best way to implement change that overcomes barriers and helps organisations achieve the full benefits of energy efficiency. 

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Patrick Crittenden from UTS Business School presented at the UTS Three Minute Thesis Final on "Solving the Climate Crisis -One Business at a Time"

Energy Efficiency Teaching Resources 

Energy Efficiency Exchange

Developed to support the implementation of energy efficiency practices within medium and high energy-using companies, the Energy Efficiency Exchange website contains rich information that energy efficiency educators can tap into when developing teaching materials. Of particular use to tertiary educators is the energy efficiency glossaryindustry case studies, a section on the strategic case for energy management as well as information on energy efficiency skills and training options 

The Energy Handbook and Energy Efficiency Supplement

The Energy Handbook and Energy Efficiency Supplement have been jointly produced by The National Framework for Energy Efficiency (NFEE) and Swinburne University of Technology.

The handbook aims to engage individuals in developing an understanding of energy to solve a variety of challenges and develop opportunities related to energy conservation and efficiency at home and in the workplace.

Energy is not a new concept, but progressively more educators, industry workers and community members are requiring an understanding of energy and a greater level of energy literacy to engage in daily activities at home, in the wider community and in the work place - irrespective of the industry sector. Energy literacy supports an understanding of the role of energy in daily life and the implication for energy use in achieving a sustainable energy future.

The Energy Handbook 2012 (1.8 MB) Download
The Energy Efficiency Supplement 2012 (2.1 MB) Download

NSW Energy Efficiency Training Program

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage's Energy Efficiency Training Program builds the knowledge and skills of tradespeople and professionals so that they can improve energy efficiency in their workplaces

NSW Green Skills Initiative and Energy Efficiency Strategy

This Strategy offers subsidised training and support for existing workers and job seekers to upgrade their skill set with green or energy efficiency know-how as part of the Strategic Skills Program. Funding for training in either a part qualification or full qualification is available for training organisations on the DEC Approved Provider List. More>>

The Conversation's Energy Efficiency Page

An independent source of information, analysis and commentary from the university and research sector relating to energy efficiency.

The Guardian's Energy Efficiency Blog

The Guardian newspaper's energy efficiency blog.

Energy Efficiency Industry Bodies

Energy Efficiency Council

The Energy Efficiency Council is the peak body for energy efficiency and cogeneration services and products, focusing on the non-residential sector. 

This site helps companies that want to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities with:

The site also provides:

  • Energy efficiency service and product suppliers with access to the latest news from the sector

  • Governments and the community with information on energy efficiency and the sector

  • Energy Efficiency members access to market insights and council activities